100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Jeff Nichols's third feature traffics unerringly in truth, delicious surprise, unadorned beauty and unforced wisdom.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime.
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100

Film.com

By William Goss
That Nichols is able to orchestrate this entire journey with steady tension and lyrical imagery is a testament to his storytelling capabilities.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Mud runs over two hours, climaxing with a shootout that belongs in a different movie. It’s a rare misstep in an art-house movie that will pull mainstream audiences along as inexorably as the Mississippi River. Go see it.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
A provocative mood piece. Nichols, who had an art-house hit in 2011 with “Take Shelter,” has a gift for creating characters of unusual depth, and for eliciting performances of emotional resonance. With Mud, he seems to be edging closer to the mainstream, but his skills are as sharp as ever.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

There's something old-fashioned about Mud, but if you allow yourself to settle into its leisurely pace, it will reward you. If he were alive today, Mark Twain would approve.
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80

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Mud poses as a mere adolescent adventure tale but explores a rich vein of grown-up concerns, exploring codes of honor, love and family too solid to be shaken by modernizing forces.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Endearing and believable, the two actors playing Ellis and Neckbone are pitch-perfect.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Reese Witherspoon's unglamorous, understated supporting work recalls the kinds of films she made before becoming a movie star. Other recognizable faces include Sam Shepard, Joe Don Baker, Michael Shannon, and Sarah Paulson.
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76 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.